Garo The Animation Review (Honoo no Kakuin & Crimson Moon)

Garo The Animation Anime CoverGaro can be a story about good versus evil. There’s nothing unique nor totally new about it, but that’s where the anime keeps it tight. The anime takes us into a fantastical but dreadful world of plagues and demons and the protectors who deal with them.

There are lots of words to explain Garo. To begin with, the impact could be one of them. That is because the first episode tends to make a large effect when we watch the violence of the show combined with the mature setting and its characters. Taken for granted, Garo is a type of shows where you have to be ready for what’s to come.


Garo is the Japanese anime TV series based on the Garo tokusatsu drama. There are several series in Japan which the first anime titled “The Carved Seal of Flames”.

Garo tokusatsu itself is a Japanese TV series aired on TV Tokyo between October 7, 2005 and March 31, 2006. The series was created and directed by Keita Amemiya, along with 3 other directors including Makoto Yokoyama, Kengo Kaji, and Ryu Kaneda.

The Carved Seal of Flames

Garo: The Carved Seal of Flames, or also known as “Honoo no Kokuin” in Japan is the first series of Garo produced by MAPPA studio and directed by Yuuichirou Hayashi. The anime series was broadcast on TV Tokyo and other networks starting from October 3, 2014 to March 27, 2015 in Japan. Funimation licensed the anime series in North America. For more information, please visit the Garo: Honoo no Kakuin official website.


In a world filled with bloodthirsty being known as horrors that terrorize the people, the only ones who are able to protect them are called the Makai Knights – a secret organization focused on protecting peace throughout the empire. However, little do the people realize, the king is being manipulated by his advisor into painting the Makai Knights and alchemists as nasty witches to be able to get rid of them.

Garo the Animation Blu-rayGaro: The Animation Blu-ray
Season 1, Part One
Released on April 26, 2016



The series manages to get a clear-cut good versus evil story while managing to show permanent character development. Many times, anime series have their protagonist grow to be a person for a battle, and then fall back to their original foolish character once the battle is over. What caught with me most about Garo is that when a character improvements, they change for great. The story could use its character as well as plot to combine love on various different levels.


The artwork was beautiful. Everything seemed to be perfectly drawn and the background was wonderfully set up. Both the character designs and the background were able to catch my attention and travel me to the world portrayed in the series. My one regret is that particular places that were not so nicely lit lacked detail. Other than that the artwork is up to par with the modern-day style we’re used to.


All main characters were excellent. All characters where perfectly writ with very good backstories. In very few times did the question arise as to why a particular character made that choice. In many instances, Gram made no sense but apart from her, all other characters were of the greatest quality.


Soundtrack performs several key roles throughout the series. Starting with the opening theme and ending song, there is an originality in the design of its choreography and meaning. And fitted with the show’s themes, the original soundtrack is embellished with a powerful feeling, especially with its action and transformation sequences.

Emotional music is also not overlooked for crucial times when characters deal with their interpersonal situations. Lastly, the seiyuu can be viewed as above average with how they fit with their own personalities and characters.

Overall (8/10)

This anime doesn’t truly kick it off until you reach 12 episodes. The main character is a type of annoying in the beginning but gets much better after along with the story progress. The first 12 episodes are simply Leon screwing up plus some character development but could have been reduced down some. The battle scenes tend to be somewhat typical but many of them are quite awesome looking. Well, this anime is recommended for any battle genre lovers.

Crimson Moon

Garo: Crimson Moon is the second anime TV series produced by MAPPA Studio and directed by Atsushi Wakabayashi. The series was broadcast on TV Tokyo starting from October 9, 2015 to April 1, 2016. Funimation licensed the anime series in North America. More information, you can visit the Garo: Crimson Moon official website.


Heian-kyou, capital and the heart of elegant, aristocratic culture, is seriously protected by spiritual force field – or it appears. In truth, onmyouji (court magi who build the spiritual force field) can just protect the palace located in the northern part of the city. In downtown, creatures called “horror” that feast upon human souls wanders around after sunset. There are, however, a group of heroes guarding commoners against “horrors” in darkness.

Garo Crimson Moon Blu-rayGaro: Crimson Moon Blu-ray
(Guren no Tsuki)
Part 2, Box Set
Released on May 2, 2017



The location resembles that of the earlier Garo and old medieval fantasy type setting where there are creatures known as Horrors that manifest from the darkness in a humans heart. But luckily, there are Makai Knights and Makai Alchemists who have the ability to wipe out these horrors and are greatly relied upon to protect people from this danger.

Even though setting and concept of the anime is excellent and nearly identically suits the setting of the earlier version, this series didn’t have a plot until several last episodes. More than half of the series focuses on the Horror having the Protagonist wipe out them repeatedly with no actual development. Close to the end, the anime created a good attempt at making a pleasant story but messed up it totally entirely.


Because of the centralized area, the background depictions tend to be sorely missing in terms of creativity and imagination. A similar roads, wooden, houses, and caves cause monotony through their low repetition and lacking detail. Lighting, in spite of the anime’s motif of light versus dark, doesn’t make an impression on. And out of line faces make the anime hard to see.

However, the CG pieces, especially in relation to the Gold and Silver Makai Knights, show an astonishing level of fluidity. The final battle, with the first-person-enemy perspective, had been good to see.


Just like unpleasant as the story! The characters don’t have any progress. The main character all of a sudden and randomly gets the ability to control his power but there isn’t any change in how he fights, it felt like it was forced in there to attempt to show that this character has improved but he actually doesn’t. To nobody’s show this main character doesn’t have a solid personality at all, if everyone was not usually looking to him to save them he would not even be described as a worthy side character to say.


As for the original soundtrack, it does have tracks similar to the earlier series, like a laidback guitar for the more laidback times and weird, ambient tracks for the Horror-related situations. But nothing too unforgettable. In reality, the tracks can occasionally play at clumsy times, especially when the jarring comedic moments show up.

Overall (3/10)

This anime truly hurt my eyes! I forced myself to watch 24 episodes just to only make a review on this blog. This anime was a soreness to watch and I hope it was never created so I won’t go through this misery. I don’t recommend you to watch this kind of the show. But if you still want challenge yourself, be sure you watch the previous Garo before this one.

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